EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Hugo Obi, Founder of MALIYO Games [VIDEO]

Hugo Obi of Maliyo Games

Recently, we caught up with Hugo Obi to discuss his gaming company’s pioneering and revolutionary strides within Nigeria’s emerging gaming start-up industry.

Hugo Obi, is a former Financial Analyst at General Electric in London and a graduate of International Business, Finance and Economics at the University of Manchester, UK, who founded MALIYO Games in May 2012 with the goal of sharing the experiences of everyday Africans with a global audience through games.

Dressed in an Olympic-styled tee-shirt on top his summer combat shorts, I sat down with Hugo at a bar in the Lekki area of Lagos one bright and lovely Saturday evening.

As the beautiful sun set, we discussed how the idea of creating casual games with African themes started, how Maliyo Games wants to be the ‘Zynga of Africa’, the global online gaming industry, the opportunities for local gaming start-ups in the African market and the future of casual gaming in Africa.

The company currently has about 10 gaming titles and plans to launch its first mobile gaming title and Facebook game app this quarter. When asked how the company is looking to scale the platform further, Hugo said that it is currently in talks with investors and phone manufacturers such as Nokia and Samsung to have its games pre-installed on their devices.

Watch the entire video interview below, exclusive to TechLoy TV :)

See photos of some titles from MALIYO Games, including Okada Ride, Aboki, Kidnapped and Mosquito Smasher.

[Via TechLoy TV]



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